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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • It Is More Blessed To Give Than To ReceiveIt Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive
    These are the words of Hank and Sherri Bode as they describe their investments in Azusa Pacific University. Together they have served 75 years at APU in teaching, administration and as donors.
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  • The Best Return On Your InvestmentThe Best Return On Your Investment
    Jerry and Gloria Newell say they give to APU because they see a great return on their investment. “We put our money where we see God working.”
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  • APU is the Best Investment I Ever MadeAPU is the Best Investment I Ever Made
    Azusa Pacific University is rated very high on my list. I can't think of a better investment for God's money. It is a university with a commitment to the Lord."
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  • Making Education Possible for APU StudentsMaking Education Possible for APU Students
    After becoming a widow in 2000, Sandra Wilson was looking for new opportunities to serve the Lord, make friendships, and serve her community. She found it all at Azusa Pacific University.
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  • Return on InvestmentReturn on Investment
    In June 2002, Corona residents, contractors, and real estate business owners Charles Piester and Eugene and Maxine Piester gifted more than $2 million in commercial property to Azusa Pacific University.
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  • LP LeungLP Leung
    Corporate giants like ENRON, AIG, Global Crossing, and Qwest. But these organizations are only as good (or bad) as their leaders - a point that drove LP Leung to make a bold move for change.
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  • Ted and Dee ChapmanTed and Dee Chapman
    Though Ted and Dee Chapman didn't exactly honeymoon at Dinner Rally, the annual event did mark their first financial commitment made as a newly married couple in 1983.
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  • A Legacy of LoveA Legacy of Love
    As a very young girl growing up on a family farm in Iowa, Shila Wiebe always knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. Her goal was to become a nurse and serve the Lord in some type of mission work.
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  • Giving: An Act of LoveGiving: An Act of Love
    We give to the University for many reasons. We are longtime friends of Azusa Pacific University and we trust the administration and people.
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  • Living Trusts: Hope for the FutureLiving Trusts: Hope for the Future
    Legacy, once narrowly defined as property passed down to others, now embraces a greater meaning. The Reverend Billy Graham once said, "Our days are numbered.
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  • Interview with Don GrantInterview with Don Grant
    Our first involvement at APU was as students at Pacific Bible College. Just before my junior year, J. Arthur Rains said to me, "After you graduate I would like you to get your Master's degree and come back and teach music or us."
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Gift Examples

  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were age 55 when they purchased some land outside of town, and they thought it would be a good investment that they could later sell.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased a home many years ago for $80,000. The home has appreciated substantially over the years and is now worth $420,000.
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  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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